ICE busts fake ID ring running out of Wards Corner area

January 26, 2010

According to the Virginian-Pilot, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have investigated a fake ID ring at least partially being run out of  a house in the Wards Corner area.  Three suspects are being charged in relation to running the “document mill”.

They are alleged to have produced hundreds of bogus identifications, Social Security and green cards enabling illegal immigrants to live and work here.

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Denby Park murderer pleads guilty

January 22, 2010

Alton Joe “AJ” Lacy, pictured to the right, was first reported on by WardsCornerNow back on September 13, 2009 and September 18, 2009 when he was wanted for the murder of Troy A. Booker.

Booker, who was 22 years old, was murdered in the 300 block of Fort Worth Avenue in Denby Park.

The Virginian-Pilot now reports:

A dispute and threats among street cocaine dealers led to a September 2009 fatal shooting and a guilty plea to second-degree murder and a firearm charge Thursday in Circuit Court.

Alton Joe “AJ” Lacy Jr,, 30, admitted to shooting twice at Troy Booker, 22, on Fort Worth Avenue in Denby Park. Booker died at the scene; a bag containing crack cocaine was found on him, according to facts stipulated to in court.

Lacy told police he had been selling cocaine in the area and that, after threats and attacks on previous days, he believed it was “him or me,” according to the stipulation.

Sentencing was scheduled for March 26, according to online court records.


Hadjikakos out, Andy Protogyrou in for Ward 1

January 20, 2010

John Hadjikakos has sent an email to supporters notifying them that he is no longer seeking the Ward 1 council seat and instead will step aside and support Andy Protogyrou (who has yet to formally announce).

Here is John’s letter:

Dear Friends:

I have been humbled by all of the wonderful support received regarding my interest in running for the Ward 1 city council seat in Norfolk.  The reason behind my seeking office is to be an strong advocate for Ward 1 so that the area receives its fair share of attention from the City.  As a corporate citizen of the area since 1988, a taxpayer that will be paying close to $100,000 in real estate taxes in the Willoughby/Ocean View area, as well as a new voter to the area I have concerns with the substandard housing found in our ward, the untapped commercial potential of the Wards Corner area, and the fact that the Wards Corner Comprehensive Plan has not yet been effectuated.

My old friend Andy Protogyrou has recently decided to run for this seat.  I am convinced that Andy will do an outstanding job representing the best interests of Ward 1 and will communicate its needs effectively.  He is an eloquent speaker, was raised in the area, and is now raising his family here.  As an attorney and substitute judge in Norfolk he has first hand knowledge of the terrible impact that crime has on our neighborhoods.  I think that Andy is an outstanding candidate and will make a superb Councilman for our Ward.  As such, I have no interest in taking way needed votes that can seal his victory.

I will actively assist Andy in any way that I can and will start my support for him with a $1,000 contribution to his campaign.  I hope that all of you will provide your assistance to his effort.

To my friends that have already provided me with campaign contributions, your checks will be returned within the next few days.

Thank you so very much for all of your assistance and friendship

Sincerely

John Hadjikakos


Norfolk develops a new address driven database

January 14, 2010

Check out this new feature on the City of Norfolk’s website – Address driven database, full of information about Norfolk properties that we have been requesting for years – type in any address in Norfolk and get tax assessment info, school info, municipal services, planning, public safety, city services, lot dimensions off map, code enforcement cases, (current and historical) etc.. 

  Click the below link:

 http://www.norfolk.gov/Assessor/

and then click Norfolk Address Information Resource under the “Norfolk Air Tab”  on left.


Norma Dorey not running for Ward 1 seat

January 11, 2010

We’ve just received word from Ms. Dorey that she has given the idea of running for office a tremendous amount of thought and has decided not to run for the Ward 1 seat on City Council.

This leaves three other rumored candidates: Ocean View Developer John Hadjikakos, retired Norfolk Police Officer Chuck Brewer and Ocean View artist, “Red Rooster” Paul Trice.


Four Candidates announce for Don Williams’ City Council Seat

January 10, 2010

According to an article in Sunday’s Compass written by city reporter Harry Minium , four candidates have announced for the retiring Don Williams’ Council seat in Ward One.

Harry Minium has said,

it’s not to early to call Norma Dorey the establishment candidate

For months, many of the city’s political leaders, including Mayor Paul Fraim and Councilman Barclay C. Winn, have been quietly searching for someone they could endorse to succeed Don Williams.    Among those they approached: Planning Commission member and Norfolk businessman Richard Diamonstein and attorneys Chuck McPhillips and Peter G. Decker III.

    All reluctantly declined.

 Enter Dorey, a Willoughby resident who also maintains an apartment downtown. After being approached by Fraim and Winn, she said last week she’s “99 percent sure” she’ll run.

Norma Dorey has said that she has received

nothing but encouragement from the powers that be downtown

 Asked about Wards Corner, Dorey said she doesn’t know the issues there well, but plans to get informed very quickly.

The three other candidates that have announced are Developer John Hadjikakos, retired Norfolk Police Officer Chuck Brewer and Ocean View artist, “Red Rooster” , Paul Trice.

John Hadjikakos, area real estate developer who said   his priority would be redeveloping substandard housing in Wards Corner and Willoughby.

Hadjikakos will make the deterioration of housing and the commercial corridor in Wards Corner a centerpiece of his campaign. “I’m shocked about the violent crime in Wards Corner,” Hadjikakos said. “We have to get a handle on the crime before we can improve the business district.”

 Former Norfolk policeman Chuck Brewer has not yet announced, but his Facebook page says he’s running. He has been critical of the spending of Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis. 

   A resident of blue-collar Ocean View, he may have some appeal with the ward’s middle-income majority. So might Paul Trice, the Ocean View artist known simply as the Red Rooster, who lives in Willoughby Terrace and says he will run his campaign from his home.    Former Norfolk policeman Chuck Brewer has not yet announced, but his Facebook page says he’s running. He has been critical of the spending of Police Chief Bruce P. Marquis.  

 

 

 


Owner of AJ Gators to present plans for new Wards Corner restaurant

January 9, 2010

J. Sharer, the owner of AJ Gators, will be presenting his plans for a new AJ Gators at the closed Warehouse Music Store on the southeast corner of Granby Street and E. Little Creek Road. He will be making his presentation at the monthly meeting of the Suburban Acres Civic League being held January 11th, Monday night, 6:30 p.m. at Suburban Park Elementary School, 310 Thole Street.


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